Devil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Devil's Milk Barleywine Style AleDevil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our award winning Barleywine will seduce you with its assertive hop bill (that changes each year to make each vintage unique), citrus flavors, and warming 10% ABV. Devil’s Milk is best served in a snifter to accommodate its ABV and allow complex flavors to emerge as it warms in your hands.

Added by farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
401
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
93
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramelized malt with quite a bit of green hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix between some overly sweet caramelized malt with some stalled green hops that don’t really mix that well with the malt backbone. Body is about average with medium-to-low carbonation and light apparent alcohol. There is something off balanced in this beer that I didn’t particularly enjoyed.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of northstar23
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of gr8zehaman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of RandomExile
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy, translucent orange, quickly fading head, but impressive persistent lacing.
S: musty, citrusy
T: tangy, metallic, pine, bitter yet sweet
M: sharp bite of citrus and alcohol, yet somehow smooth until the aftertaste, medium-bodied
O: for being a barleywine, I would have pegged it for a smooth IPA. Not terrible, but I'm not sure he palate I'd recommend it for.

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Photo of everlong353
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of light tan foam. Decent enough!

Smell: rich, bready malt character with a light fruity undertone. Simple, but enticing.

Taste: sweet, caramelly malt. Bitterness is relatively low for the style. The malt isn't complex, but it's competent and quite tasty. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, satisfying creaminess. I can dig it!

Overall: I'm really enjoying this beer. It's a bit sweet, and not particularly complex, but it is satisfying in an intangible way. I just kind of hits the spot.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a very clean amber pour, finger of head which dissipated extremely slowly, left behind a slight bit of creamy looking lacing. aroma of sweet barley "juice", caramel, biscuity/nutty. a sweet overall taste with hints of roasted nuts, caramel, a roasty bitterness that lingers, and is a bit off putting. medium in body with a tiny bit of carbonation.. creamy with a sweet finish.

this beer poured phenomenal and smelled great.. but once it hit the palate, it was a bit underwhelming for the style, which happens to be one of my personal favorites.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of juliusseizure
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TonyTalon
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Pensfan0782
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of stakem
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into a matching Duclaw pint, the brew alpears a slightly hazed copper with an off-white cap more than a finger strong. The cap fades leaving a wall of lacing effect.

The aroma is like candy with an herbal hop inclusion mixed with some mineral/carbonic quality. Overall not a bad smelling beer, just a bit disjointed and lacking any clear direction. The sugary or candy aspect is a bit distracting.

The flavor is sweet with a mineral aspect somewhat like dirty pennies. There is a dusty grain inclusion which while not exaxtly thrilling, is much appreciated over the candy-like sweetness you might expect base off the aroma. The candy sugary quality the brew does display feels somewhat burnt in the aftertaste which is not all that enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy and awkward and not something I would seek out if looking for a solid barleywine. It saddens me to say it because I am always hoping to see local places do good but this one is rough. I appreciate the chance to try this but would probably not persue again.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Devil's Milk Barleywine Style Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 401 ratings.
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